CBS Outbids ABC For New Sci Fi Series

Jerry Bruckheimer PhotoCBS Outbids ABC For New Sci-Fi Series From Jerry Bruckheimer

Source : Variety  

Following a fierce bidding war, CBS has beat out ABC for the rights to a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced adaptation of British thriller “Eleventh Hour.”

CBS has committed to at least a pilot, with a hefty seven-figure penalty attached if the Warner Bros./Granada project–which remains untitled in the States– doesn’t move forward. Reports from people familiar with the situation suggest that CBS may have agreed to as much as a 13-episode on-air commitment, but CBS is denying it’s stepped up to that level.

Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are set to exec produce the untitled adaptation of “Eleventh Hour”.

“Eleventh Hour” aired as a four-part miniseries in Blighty last year, with Patrick Stewart starring. Stewart played Professor Alan Hood, who’s called in by the government to investigate mysterious cases that involve matters of science–from cloning to global warming. U.S. adaptation is said to have a tone similar to “The X-Files.”